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Bistun Receives UNESCO World Heritage Certificate


03 July 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Bistun, an ancient Iranian site bearing bas-reliefs and inscriptions of Darius the Great, received the world heritage certificate of UNESCO during a ceremony in Kermashah on Tuesday.


The certificate was handed over by program specialist Ms. Junko Taniguchi from the UNESCO office in Tehran to the Kermashah cultural heritage officials, the Persian service IRNA reported.


UNESCO grants the official document to the sites and monuments, which have previously been registered on the World Heritage List.


Located in western Iran some 30 kilometres east of the provincial capital Kermanshah and at the foot of the Zagros Mountains, Bistun (also Bisotun) was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 13, 2006 during the 30th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, held in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Taniguchi compared Bistun with Persepolis and the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, other Iranian ancient sites registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and said that each site faces some urgent problems.


She described the lichen growing on the bas-reliefs and inscriptions, and construction of industrial projects on the perimeter of Bistun as significant threats posed by the forces of nature and by humans towards the site.


According to Taniguchi, UNESCO has consulted experts around the world to find a solution to the lichen problem.


In August 2006, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre sent a letter to the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization demanding an explanation of the reason for the Kermanshah Petrochemical Company establishing the industrial town of Hersin on the perimeter of Bistun.


Following the letter, an Iranian court ordered the company to cease all operations in the area. The polymer company which is owned by the ruling clerics has ignored the court order.






Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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